Everton fans have been left bemused and angry after Ronald Koeman suggested that he intends to use Nikola Vlasic more centrally in the future.
Very little was known about Vlasic, when Everton signed him from Hajduk Split last summer.
However, the Croatian has arguably been the best addition that the Toffees made in the previous transfer window.
Vlasic has impressed during every one of his outings in Everton’s first-team to date, and his display against Brighton & Hove Albion earned him masses of credit.
Vlasic was stationed out wide for the match against Brighton, which Everton drew 1-1.
And after the game, Koeman suggested that his plan was to move Vlasic into a more central role, much to Everton fans’ annoyance.
Another centre midfielder just what we need gaffa well played— (@_JoeOdwyer) October 16, 2017
Play him on the wing and Lookman/Mirallas on the other you plum. Or get out and let Rhino play a team with width and pace. @nsno— Damon Minchella (@DamonMinchella) October 16, 2017
The useless fraud might as well play him out of position too. Maybe give Pickford a go at left back.— Phill Thomas (@phillyt1878) October 16, 2017
@AlexGregory92 finally plays a winger .. decides to throw him in the middle with everybody else joke— Stephen Wakelam (@SWakelamEFC) October 16, 2017
I thought with his pace Vlasic was a winger! But hey I'm just a football fan what do I know.....— Paoulo (@TellyHermit) October 16, 2017
Maybe I need to be more 'REALISTIC'
We NEED wingers. We have too many No 10s. Koeman is now thinking about playing Vlasic through the middle. I give up. https://t.co/eQ6f45UlMJ— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) October 16, 2017
Everton fans: We need pace and width!— Sean Michael (@EvertonUnionDad) October 16, 2017
Koeman: Think I'll move Vlasic inside. pic.twitter.com/IW3AA9W7Hf
Me when I read about Koeman saying he wants to use Vlasic down the middle. pic.twitter.com/PbGHFFPrWA— Everton Fans Corner (@EFCFansCorner) October 16, 2017
I have no words— Johnny H (@1878Johnny) October 16, 2017
Everton already have a whole host of attacking midfielders vying for the number 10 spot in their team, and if Vlasic is also used in that position, then Koeman will have a significant selection dilemma in the future.
Koeman’s comments just serve to heap further pressure on to him, at a time when the Goodison Park crowd are already becoming disillusioned with his management of their side.